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Science Daily: Study suggests R rate for tracking pandemic should be dropped in favour of ‘nowcasts’


A study on R rate co-authored by Paul Kattuman, Professor in Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School, is featured in Science Daily. “The basic R rate quickly wanes in usefulness as soon as a pandemic begins,” Professor Kattuman said. “The basic R rate looks at the number of infections expected to result from a single infectious person in a completely susceptible population, and this changes as immunity builds up and measures such as social distancing are imposed.”

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